25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
4
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
7
Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Sendai
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  3 h
9
Narita
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nezu Shrine and Yanaka. Get some cultural insight at Kencho-ji Temple and Fire Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Engaku-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, and stop by Ueno.

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Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Peace Flame. You'll discover tucked-away gems like JMSDF Kure Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, examine the collection at Mazda Museum, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushifuru Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, and finally admire the sheer force of Unokono-taki.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho holiday builder.

Getting from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Unokono-taki
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

3
nights
Izumo

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Get some historical perspective at Susa Shrine and Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. Get a sense of the local culture at Adachi Museum of Art and Tanabeke Dozogun. Explore Izumo's surroundings by going to Okuizumo-cho (Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan & Oni no Shitaburui), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Yasugi) and Matsue (Iya Shrine & Matsue Castle). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Omori Town Exchange Center, and delve into the distant past at Kojindani Ruin.

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Drive from Takachiho-cho to Izumo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train. In April, daily temperatures in Izumo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oda, Yasugi, Matsue, Okuizumo-cho, Tanabeke Dozogun
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Susa Shrine ©
Susa Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Shima, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Izumo to Kanazawa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. In April in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street

3
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, then don't miss a visit to Tamugimata Layered Housing, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Churenji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hommyoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Heishindo-Former Kazama Family Residence, don't miss a visit to Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, examine the collection at Taihinkan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenpoji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nangakuji Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tsuruoka itinerary app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Tsuruoka in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tsuruoka, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Narita.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sakata
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church ©
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church
Churenji Temple ©
Churenji Temple
Zenpoji ©
Zenpoji

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Takekoma Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, learn the secrets of production at Kirin Beer Sendai Factory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horin-in Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai trip planner.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sendai when traveling from Tsuruoka in April, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Narita.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Tours

Side Trips

Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, Takekoma Shrine, Funaoka Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Atago Jinja Shrine ©
Atago Jinja Shrine

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Makata Shrine, steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Three-storied Pagoda, and finally steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Narita day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sendai to Narita in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sendai, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Narita, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Makata Shrine ©
Makata Shrine

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